Christmas is coming, so if a pair of football boots is on your Christmas list, consider the following carefully.
7 Tips To Help You Choose Football Boots
1. Make Sure They Are A Good Fit
Discard cost and looks and think about practicality and comfort, when deciding on your next pair of football boots.
Consider the shape of your foot. For example Nike Mercurial Vapors are renowned for not being good for wide feet, whereas Puma football boots tend to be better for the wide foot.
Try several football boots on, various brands and models and find out what feels comfortable.
Once you find a brand and model that is comfortable, try and stick to it.
2. Consider The Conditions
What kind of surface will you be wearing the football boots on? Ensure you choose the right set of studs for the right conditions.
Generally speaking the following guidelines apply;
Soft Ground – Screw In
Mid Ground – Bladed
Hard Ground – Moulded
View the Football Boots Guide for more information.
3. Type of Leather
The football boot upper can be made of various material. Although budget may limit your choice, the upper material should be considered when choosing a football boot.
Soft, yet very strong, also moulds to the contours of the foot and is water repellent.
Oil Based Leather
Not quite as soft or strong as the Kangaroo leather, but they are water repellent and age well.
This leather material has a polyurethane coating, doesn’t age as well as full leather.
Synthetic leather can be found at both ends of the scale. The cheap end tends to rip and tear easily. Whilst the complex synthetic material found on football boots like the Nike Mercurial Vapor, are strong, waterproof, but lack the natural moulding to the foot that you would find with genuine leather.
Lace position can vary from the traditional top of the foot position, to the side of the boot.
Side lacing is often considered the better option, as the ‘sweet spot’ on the top of the foot has a flat surface, also it reduces pressure on the small nerves which you have on the top of the foot.
5. Get Recommendations
Its impossible to get a real feel for a football boot just by trying it on in the shop. Ask your team-mates what they think of their football boots. Ask how comfortable they are, how well they have worn and how easy they are to maintain.
At the end of the day, the football boots must meet with your budget. If you are on a tight budget, look out for superseded models which are often discounted, but are still great football boots.
It goes without saying that you want to look the part, so having considered the other points, then consider how good you look in your football boots!